Fall Sesshin – Ikkyu’s Irreverent Zen (Oct 12-15)

Join us at Camp Sealth from Thursday, October 12 at 5:00 pm to Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm for our fall retreat, “A Crazy Cloud: Ikkyu’s Irreverent Zen.” Our teacher will be our Abbot Koshin Christopher Cain.

The 15th century monk and poet Ikkyu was a creative and innovative force in the Zen tradition. His poems will form the text for this retreat.

Is this your first retreat? Are you wondering if you should do this?

You can come for the whole three days, or attend one or more days. The public is welcome to drop in to the dharma talks on Fri, Sat or Sun at 10 am. You can email programs@pszc.org with questions about what might work, or questions about what a retreat is like.

These are retreats in the formal Rinzai Zen sense, which means a day from 4:30am-9:00pm filled with 25 minute intervals of sitting, walking meditation around Camp Sealth, breaks for personal time, simple vegetarian meals prepared by our awesome cooks, and bodywork activities like qi gong. A detailed schedule can be found at the bottom of this page.

There are also two dharma talks per day by the teacher, and a chance to meet with the teacher and talk about your practice if you want to.

Lodging is dormitory style, in the camp Sealth cabins, which are usually 2-4 to a room.

Wrangler Lodge  at Camp Sealth, 14500 SW Camp Sealth Rd, off of Wax Orchard Rd. Enter Camp Sealth and continue straight until you see a black Z sign.

Practicing with a group for a long period of time like this is a great way to strengthen your practice, and to really take a step back from your everyday life. We hope you can join us.

Cost for the whole retreat: $220 for members/$270 for non-members. $80 per individual day. $160 for 2 days.

You can offer additional support for all the Zen Center’s programs by paying the $300 benefactor rate.

Scholarship funds are available as well–contact trez@pszc.org.



5:00pm – arrival
6:00 – dinner
7:00 – zazen
8:30 – tea & chanting, closing

Friday – Saturday:
4:30am – wake up
5:00 – tea & chanting, zazen
7:15 – breakfast
7:45 – break
8:30 – zazen
10:15 – Dharma talk, zazen (teacher meeting)
12:30pm – lunch
1:00 – samu
1:30 – break
2:15 – zazen, tea, chanting, zazen (long sitting)
4:45 – qi-gong
5:15 – dinner
5:45 – break
6:30 – gyodo, Dharma talk, zazen (teacher meeting)
8:30 – tea & chanting, closing

4:30am – wake up
5:00 – tea & chanting, zazen
7:15 – breakfast
7:45 – break
8:30 – qi gong
9:00 – zazen
10:15 – Dharma talk, zazen (teacher meeting)
12:00pm – lunch
12:30 – samu
1:00 – break
1:30 – zazen (long sitting)
2:30 – closing, informal gathering
3:00 – pack up and depart